Dec 1, 2012 5:00am PST
. protesters are holding duelling rallies for and against president mohamed morsi, so let's get straight to cnn's reza sayah in cairo for us. he's joining us now by phone. reza, the muslim brotherhood has called for not one but 2 million man marches in support of morsi. what do you know about those? >> reporter: randi, we are at one of them, and this is a very large gathering. obviously for more than a week now we've seen hundreds of thousands of egyptian protests against president morsi and the muslim brotherhood and now supporters of morsi say it's our turn. tens of thousands have showed up outside of cairo university where we are and saying we support president morsi and like the anti-government protest we can put on a large demonstration, too. a large turnout. a few thousand women. the gathering overwhelmingly men, and it's energized, chanting slogans. again, some of the opposition leaders and in support of the president. really this turnout puts into focus the conflict here between the opposition factions, the liberals, the moderates, the secularists and the president's supporters, the isl
Nov 30, 2012 7:00am PST
are crying foul. it is sparking another day of protests against president mohamed morsi. morsi's supporters plan to stage a massive demonstration tomorrow. holly williams is in cairo and has been watching this whole crisis unfold. >> reporter: a week after president mohamed morsi gave himself broad new powers that some egyptians say make him a dictator in all but name his islamist allies have rushed to finish a final draft of the country's constitution. it could now be put to a referendum before the end of the year. protests and violent clashes in cities across egypt, president morsi defended his power grab last night on egyptian state tv. he said his new authority is needed to guide egypt through its democratic transition and that he will give up his expanded powers once the country has a new constitution. a final draft of the constitution is now complete, written and voted on by a panel dominated by president's morsi's political allies, neither all of them islamists. the constitution gives islamic sharia law a more specific role in government and doesn't guarantee women's equality. it als
Nov 30, 2012 6:00am PST
. this constitution would go to a referendum, be voted on and president morsi would give up his extraordinary powers. what we see is the reverse. it has inflamed the opposition. we could see one of the biggest protest demonstrations today we've seen so far, bill. bill: steve harrigan, thank you. we're waiting and watching for more developments out of cairo, egypt. we're coming after the moment where prayers end on a friday afternoon. so watch that story. martha: crowds in those streets. we'll keep an eye on it. we're just getting started on this friday morning, everybody. there is new information on the health of president george h.w. bush after he was admitted to the hospital. we have the latest how he is doing. we'll bring you that straight ahead. bill: the senate voting on a plan to prevent terror deteen east from gitmo being moved here to the u.s. and the results of what happens next with retired four-star general jack keane with his take on it. martha: and gridlock in washington. stuart varney just told us the white house's plan could send us into another recession. we'll talk to a democrat and
Dec 1, 2012 5:00am PST
mohamed morsi. we're live in cairo with richard engel. richard, good morning. >> good morning, jenna. this country is divided. the mood is tense. competing demonstrations here in cairo today. here in tahrir square, they are against president mohamed morsi, saying that he has become a dictator and is trying to rush through a constitution that allows for too much islamic law. but in a sense of the way the winds are blowing here, the crowds here are small and somewhat subdued. compare that to across the nile river, in front of cairo university, where tens of thousands of morsi supporters are gathered. they want more islamic law. they want morsi to be a strong president. so egypt can get out of its political deadlock. neither side is backing down. and egypt appears to be at a cross roads. >> richard engel. richard, thank you very much. >>> north korea says it will launch a long range rocket this month. the defiant move set for december 10th through 22nd is likely to heighten already strained tensions with washington and with seoul and it comes just eight months after a failed april attem
Nov 30, 2012 5:30pm PST
up with protesters, more than 100,000 at times today, chanting against their president, mohamed morsi, claiming he jammed through a draft of a new constitution, which strengthens the muslim brotherhood against christians and liberals. critics say it would curb the rights of women and freedom of speech. >>> and back here at home, a terrifying scene in a small town. a train derailment that sent hazardous chemicals, a gas called vinyl chloride, spewing into the air. more than 70 people sought medical treatment for burning eyes, labored breathing. and abc's linsey davis is on the scene. >> reporter: thousands of gallons of the hazardous chemical vinyl chloride spewed into the air from the ruptured car. residents were told to stay in their homes. three schools within a mile ordered to keep students indoors. >> we are saying to all that are watching this, that live within the borough of paulsboro, it is a time for caution. >> reporter: 71 people were admitted to a local hospital. vinyl chloride is a colorless gas. inhaling it can cause dizziness, headaches and drowsiness. breathing very hig
Nov 29, 2012 7:00am PST
. norah and charlie? morsiter evans, thank you. mohamed morsi will speak to the people of egypt today, grantedng why he granted elf almost ast absolute power as the egyptian assembly works on new constitution. holly williams is in cairo this morning where demonstrators have blocked access to the united block embase. >> reporter: this is now a battle of wills between mohamed orsi, egypt's first democratically elected president and his opponents. tahrir square in central cairo, pres rotesters have accused the president of behaving like a areator are camped out. onstrationlanning a demonstration there on saturday. there are fears that could spark spark mlent clashes after an lready tumultuous week. address tmorsi will address the later later on today. so far he is showing no signs of backing do backing down from the expanded new powers he gave himself last week. week. he says he needs those powers to guide guide egypt to a new constitution. the constitution is being drafted by an assembly dominated by president morsi's islamist allies. two more liberal members quit because they said thei
Nov 29, 2012 2:00am PST
morsy. he has faced bitter criticism. >>> the state of texas has filed papers to seize a large ranch owned by the flds, a fundamentalist radical mormon sex that believes in polygamy. its leader, warren jeffs, is serving a life sentence. >>> you never know what you might see on the streets of new york city this is a first. casper the pony and razzie the zebra roaming free on staten island. they got free from the home where they lived. they were returned home safe and sound. >> can you imagine mommy, mommy, look. >> they are getting along just fine. >> moment of kindness captured with a camera. coming up, a young police officer's deed goes viral for all the right reasons.od ays. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move from ambition to achievement. and the next great idea could be yours. ♪ part of a whole new line of tablets from dell. it's changing the conversation. ♪ to provide a better benefits package...
Nov 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
of whom are angry at the government at what they consider to be a power grabby president mohamed morsi. and in new jersey a train car carrying highly toxic chemicals crashed into a creek near the delaware river early this morning. it happened after a bridge collapsed. the area was evacuated. and more than 18 people were treated for respiratory issues and exposure to leaking vinyl chloride. it's a known cancer-causing chemical that can cause headaches and dizziness. >>> and as we head into the holiday shopping season, the top two companies that offer daily deals, well, they've apparently hit a rough economic patch. living social announced it is laying off 10% of its global workforce. the daily deal leader, groupon, saw its shares plunge this month after terrible earnings report. one expert says this field apparently has a few growing pains, joe. >> i would imagine so. but so many people i know have actually gone and gotten the groupon or whatever and actually went and bought the stuff. >> i think what a lot of companies are doing is they are just promoting their own ads so they don't ha
Nov 29, 2012 9:00am PST
mohammed morsi to give back some of the sweeping powers that he seized earlier in the week. want to go live to cairo. reza sayah is overlooking tahrir square. is it calm where you are, and are people assuming that things are going to get better? there are a lot of critics who vague the broum brotherhood is really now trying to hijack the process, hijack the constitution and get the president to remain in power, as much power as he can hold on to. >> yeah. many of those critics, suzanne, are behind us. still demonstrating here in tahrir square. in the meantime, major developments unfolding. as we speak right now, egypt's constitutional assembly is voting to approve a draft of egypt's all-important new constitution. this is going to be the backbone, the centerpiece of egypt's democratic transition. all of egypt's laws are going to be based on this document. everything from the balance of power between the president and the parliament, the power of the army, the independence of the judiciary, the personal freedoms. once this draft is approved and all indications are it is going to be approved.
Nov 30, 2012 8:00am PST
. the next step is for a referendum. president morsi has 30 days to put it to a vote across the nation. he has said when the constitution is ratified he will give up the extraordinarys he assumed last week. it was that move by the president that really kicked off these processes. we have large crowds now of anti-more se anti-moris demonstrators and tphopl we will probably see large crowds of pro-mori demonstrators. back to you. jenna: steve harrigan with the sounds of the street behind him. steve thank you. jon: a ten-year-old girl vanished from her neighborhood in florida nearly two decades ago. now police arresting and charging a man in her kidnapping and murder. we will update you on this decades' old mystery. new information about u.n. ambassador susan rice had access to before she described the cause of the libyan terror attack that left four americans dead. okay, here's the plan. you have a plan? first we're gonna check our bags for free, thanks to our explorer card. then, the united club. my motr was so wrong about you. next, we get priory boarding on our flight i booked with miles.